Lay flat on your back, arms and legs outstretched in a comfortable position.

Put your focus on your toes and your feet. Clench the muscles of your feet as tightly as you can. Clench, clench, clench!
Then release. Feel those muscles relax. Really be present in the moment of the feeling of those muscles relaxing. Do the muscles feel warm? Let your feet melt into the floor.

Repeat the clenching and releasing of your muscles body part by body part until you feel your body melt into the floor. From your feet travel to your calves, your thighs, buttocks, abs, hands, forearms, shoulders, neck and face.
Release any expression from your face. Let your tongue fall from the roof of your mouth, your jaw slacken, and let your eyes sink back into your head like deep pools.

Practicing this exercise at least once a day will not only relax you and reduce cortisol levels; you will be learning what it feels like when your body is stressed and what is feels like to truly have your muscles relaxed. You’ll be better able to hear your body’s cues and know when to stop and breathe and release your tension. What’s better than getting to know yourself better?